Warriors' basketball continues strong start to GSAC
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Coming off of two impressive wins at home at last week, the men’s and women’s basketball team eyed a successful road-trip in hopes of adding to their 6-1 records in conference play. First up was the Menlo College Oaks of Atherton.
The evening began with the women looking to once again beat the Oaks having won 60-51 last time the two schools clashed. The first quarter was even and ended with an 11-11 tie. In the second quarter, Menlo came out as the aggressor and had a 12-1 run and holding a solid lead going into halftime. With a six-point deficit for the Warriors, they came out and began to slowly chip away at the lead in the third quarter eventually tying the game up at 35 apiece. Unlike the previous quarters, the fourth was lopsided as the Warriors finished off the game on a 7-0 run to win by a final score of 56-46. Lauren McCoy led the team with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks.
Following afterwards, the men took on the 15-7 Oaks. Menlo kept the game close in the first-half showing why they should not be taken lightly. On top of that, the Warriors were playing without Olisa Nwachie and Kyle Scalmanini. Reasons were a “coach’s decision” just to keep these guys healthy for the rest of the season. In the second-half, Menlo continued to pressure the Westmont and had as much as an eight-point lead with a little over eight minutes remaining. However, the Warriors gained some momentum and finished the game on a 23-6 run propelling them to an 83-74 victory. On top of the scoring list for the Warriors was Zac Jervis with 23 points followed by Jerry Karczewski, David Gunn, and Sean Harman all with 17 points apiece.
The William Jessup Warriors were next in line for Westmont. The women pulled off a thriller against them earlier this season, narrowly winning 58-56. This time was no different. An early Westmont lead in the first quarter was quickly erased by the opposing Warriors, leaving Westmont to be only up by two going into the second quarter. A back-and-forth second quarter saw neither team gain much of an advantage, but Westmont managed to extend its lead to four at the end of the quarter. By the third quarter, Westmont was able to push a five-point margin, but William Jessup closed the gap tying the game up at 38. The final ten minutes of the game was neck-and-neck until Westmont pulled ahead at the end winning 55-52. Lauren McCoy led with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Joy Krupa added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Nwachie and Scalmanini were back in the lineup on Saturday coming off some days of rest. The first-half saw Westmont take an early lead, but William Jessup managed to secure a lead and maintained it for the rest of the half. However, Westmont found its stride as they regained the lead early in the half. While William Jessup inched ahead a couple times, it was only brief. Westmont landed its fourth GSAC win in a row with an 80-71 win. Nwachie finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Karczewski had 17 points and 4 assists.
Both men’s and women’s continue GSAC play this week at home on Thursday against Arizona Christian and on Saturday against San Diego Christian. Both women’s games begin at 5:30 p.m., while the men will play at 7:30 both days.